Finding Rest for Your Soul

Cathy Hurtado

"Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.  Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken."  Psalm 62:-12

What is the condition of your soul?  Can you say like David, “Truly my soul finds rest in God”?

When I notice that my soul is not at rest, it is usually because I am busy, trying to get everything done in my own effort.  It is only when I come to the end of myself that I am open to the rest God has to offer.  Left with nowhere to go but to God, my first words are usually, “I can’t – God, I can’t do this.”  Once my heart is ready to receive, God’s still small voice says, “That’s right, you can’t, but I can.  Why do you keep trying to do all this without me?”  When I find that place of rest in God, I can go back to the same pressures, the same circumstances, and be a completely different person, at peace and at rest.

Take comfort in what Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.  "But he (God) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

This week let your weaknesses, your circumstances, drive you to find rest in God and gain Christ’s power.  With His help, you can approach your day as a completely different person, as one who is at rest in your soul and strengthened by the power of God.

Father, I confess that my natural default is to be independent.  Thank you for being willing to let me come to the end of myself so that I can find what I am lacking, Your rest and Your power.  Next time, help me to run to You first, before life gets frantic, so that being at rest is reflected in my daily life.

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